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Free Community Seminar For Heart Month March 6

on February 19, 2018 - 8:15am

HEART COUNCIL News: 

In honor of Heart Month, the Los Alamos Heart Council is hosting a free community seminar by Dr. Kayvan Ellini of the Presbyterian Heart Group.

The seminar is 5:30 p.m., March 6 at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

The objectives of the seminar, Fantastic Journey Through Your Heart: New ways to Treat Heart Disease include:

  • Innovations in devices for treatment of heart disease;
  • Advances in medicines and minimally invasive procedures; and
  • Outlook for improved cardiac treatment outcomes.

A complimentary dinner will be served.

Science On Tap: ATHENA & Surrogate Human Organs

on February 17, 2018 - 10:20am

Creative District News:

New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems (such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney) and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs.

LAPS Celebrates ‘Amazing’ Guidance Counselors

on February 16, 2018 - 11:27am

A balloon toss was one activity that counselors used as a ‘Brain Break’ to relieve stress during finals week at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Stenhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools is brimming with amazing and dedicated employees, but school guidance counselors and clinical counselors have an especially important role in helping LAPS students grow and succeed.

In order to help the Los Alamos community better understand their unique contribution, LAPS wants to honor and recognize those who work tirelessly to support students,

Cold Versus Flu: Questions & Answers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:27am

CDC News:

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu.

People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Indoor Safety During Winter Storms

on February 16, 2018 - 10:22am

CDC News:

When using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater during the winter months, be extremely careful.

Heat Homes Safely

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.

Flu Activity Still Rising In New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:13am

NMDOH News:

Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.since October, the department has investigated 27-flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a number that is already more than the number of outbreaks

Changes Afoot At Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

on February 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Debbie Weber, Wendi Wolfe and Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Changes are afoot at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. A longtime employee is retiring, and a former employee is returning to take the helm of the not-for-profit home health and hospice agency.

“Our Board is happy to announce the appointment of our new executive director Wendi Wolfe, RN-NE,” said Board President Rick Reiss during an interview Monday with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Vote To Put Patients First Makes History

on February 14, 2018 - 11:57am
House Democrats News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, a bipartisan bill to ensure patients get the right medication at the right time made history, and passed the House Floor.
 
Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Senators Elizabeth Stefanics (D-Cerrillos) and Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), would improve “step therapy”, the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones.
 
SB 11 would allow doctors to skip treatments that have

Udall, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

on February 13, 2018 - 7:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs of their communities and are better positioned to ensure children get healthy

Cancer Caregivers Support Group Starts Wednesday

on February 13, 2018 - 6:17am

Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Diane Hammon announces a new cancer caregivers support group, which kicks off Wednesday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

On a day when all kinds of love is celebrated throughout the world, a unique love will be recognized 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Valentine’s Day in Los Alamos with the kick-off of a support group for families and friends of cancer patients.

 

The support group, which will meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, is offered by the Cancer

Facebook, AG To Convene Local Leaders, Experts To Discuss Innovative Ways To Fight Opioid Epidemic

on February 9, 2018 - 6:18pm

STATE News:

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, local advocates, community leaders, public health professionals and representatives from Facebook will gather to share insights on the state of the opioid epidemic and the role that meaningful communities play in prevention and response to the epidemic.

Balderas and the Facebook team will highlight and brainstorm the ways in which digital tools can complement the work taking place on the ground to combat the epidemic.

The event begins at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4591 Vista Fuente Road Northwest in Albuquerque.

Controlling Asthma In Children

on February 9, 2018 - 5:31pm

CDC News:

Overview
Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing and coughing. Over a lifetime, it can cause permanent lung damage.

About 16 percent of black children and 7 percent of white children have asthma.

While we don’t know what causes asthma, we do know how to prevent asthma attacks or at least make them less severe. Today, children with asthma and their caregivers report fewer attacks, missed school days and hospital visits.

More children with asthma are learning to control their asthma using an asthma action plan.

YMCA: Think You Don’t Have High Blood Pressure? Think Again

on February 9, 2018 - 8:20am
New blood pressure guidelines make American Heart Month the perfect time for a check-up. Courtesy photo
 
FAMILY YMCA News:
 
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, The Family YMCA urges everyone in Los Alamos to get a blood pressure screening.
 
Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.
 
High blood pressure is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or

Child: Fending Off Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

on February 8, 2018 - 2:54pm
By Dr. JOSIAH CHILD
Medical Director
LAMC Emergency Department
 
As the flu season kicks into full gear, braving airplanes and winter get togethers can provide germaphobes with a daunting onslaught of fearsome exposures.
 
So for those who understand that months of isolation can take its own toll, here are some tips for defense against upper respiratory infections.
 
Flu shots: while flu shots do not provide perfect protection against the flu, the trivalent vaccine for the average population and the quadrivalent vaccine for at- risk populations represent the best protection against

Smoking Is Down, But Almost 38 Million American Adults Still Smoke

on February 7, 2018 - 4:44am

CDC News:

Overall, cigarette smoking among U.S. adults (aged ≥18 years) declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016.

Yet, nearly 38 million American adults smoked cigarettes (“every day” or “some days”) in 2016, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new data, from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), show that among adults who have ever used cigarettes, the percentage who have quit increased from 50.8 percent in 2005 to 59.0 percent in 2016. During 2005–2016, the largest increase in quitting was among adults

Prevent Cervical Cancer With Screenings

on January 30, 2018 - 5:23am

CDC News:

No woman should die of cervical cancer. You can help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.

Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated.

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

HPV is very common in the United States and is passed from one person to another during sex.

Protect Yourself And Others From Contracting Norovirus

on January 30, 2018 - 5:17am

CDC News:

Norovirus is a germ that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. Millions of people get ill with norovirus each year. You can help protect yourself and others by washing your hands often and following simple tips to stay healthy.

Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that can cause inflammation of the stomach or intestines, also known as gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis). This leads to cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Norovirus Is the Most Common Cause of Gastroenteritis in the U.S.

CDC estimates that each year in the

LAPS Shares NM Department Of Health Guidance To Schools Response To Widespread Influenza Activity

on January 28, 2018 - 8:14am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk!

Friday, staff from the Los Alamos Public Schools participated in a conference call with Dr. Chad Smeltzer, Sandra Penya and Dr. Michael Landen from the New Mexico Department of Health; copied below is their advisory.

Our staff also are using the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website for information: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

  • Every school in Los Alamos has a full-time nurse who is available throughout the day;
  • Staff are providing extra time for student hand washing;
  • Across the district, we

Eight Food Safety Tips For Valentine's Day

on January 27, 2018 - 6:14am
SFI News:
 
Flowers or chocolate? Dining out or staying in? These are the two biggest Valentine’s Day dilemmas but while flowers and chocolates can help make for a great night, poor dining choices can end the celebration early. 
 
Stop Foodborne Illness wants you to be aware of how preventing foodborne illness this Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic gestures you can make. Whether you’re headed to a restaurant or preparing a decadent feast at home, make sure your meal is pathogen free.
 
“Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate.

10th Annual K2 Women’s Weekend Benefit At The Tub

on January 26, 2018 - 10:23am
Courtesy photo
 
K2WW News:
 
The 10th annual K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund will go on despite the lack of snow.
 
In place of events Feb. 9-10, a DJ dance party is at 5 p.m. Feb. 10, at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square. The event will feature the Co-Op’s tasty brews and flavorful food from Los Alamos’ own Secret City Kitchen.
 
Help fundraise by participating in the auction and raffles for cool prizes and merchandise.

LANL Scientists Conduct Study To Help Predict Diseases ... Seek Volunteers In Los Alamos County

on January 26, 2018 - 7:39am

Researchers are looking for volunteers in Los Alamos County to participate in a respiratory pathogen study and provide information and swab samples. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico are looking for volunteers in Los Alamos County to participate in a respiratory pathogen study and provide information and swab samples.

“The goal of this study is to develop a system that can predict future emergence of infections, propose the best public health

Los Alamos Has Viome!

on January 25, 2018 - 10:59am
From left, Viome’s Head of Project Management Miranda Intrator, President Deepak Savadatti, Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich and Research Associate Andy Hatch at the lab Monday afternoon at 81 Camino Entrada in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Viome employees gather with Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich, seated third from right, to celebrate the company’s first year anniversary Saturday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

LAVNS Hosts Annual ‘Daffodils For Hospice’ Sale

on January 24, 2018 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services volunteers selling daffodils in Los Alamos and White Rock. From left, Patricia Rathbone, Allene Lindstrom, Ruth Lier, Beth Riker and customer Virginia Burgess. Photos by Jennifer Bartram

LAVNS News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through March 2. A glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) of daffodils is $20, glass vase with two

Holistic Health Fair At Family Strengths Network Friday

on January 23, 2018 - 9:35am

SFCC Give Kids A Smile Dental Day Feb. 1

on January 23, 2018 - 6:22am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) Dental Day, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at SFCC, Room 454, 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.
 
Free dental screenings and referrals, food, goodies and dental education. Open to the public; all ages welcome. First come first served. Free event. Sponsored by American Dental Association (ADA) and SFCC Dental Department. 
 
Call 505.428.1258, for information.

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